FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Catholic Charities Immigrant Educational Services Adds New Manassas Location

Manassas, Virginia,  February 12, 2013 – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington will be expanding its Hogar Educational Services, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and some citizenship preparation classes, to a new Manassas location on April 1. For more than 30 years, Catholic Charities has been offering community-based ESOL programs to thousands of immigrants taught by qualified volunteers throughout most of Northern Virginia.

The spacious new location will better meet the needs of immigrants seeking services. The campus, located at 8251 Shoppers Square, on Centreville Road (Route 28) offers ample bus transportation and is just three miles from All Saints Catholic Parish, where Catholic Charities currently offers a large ESOL program. Catholic Charities will be working closely with the Parish in order to best serve the large immigrant community residing in the area. The US Census reports that 31.5% of the population in Manassas City is immigrant. According to Sally O’Dwyer, Vice President of Community Services for Catholic Charities, “The need for immigrant services in Prince William County is great. The new campus will allow us to serve more students in a larger, more professionally designed location. Once we are established, we hope to bring additional services and resources to the area in order to serve all those in need.”

Citizenship classes, along with legal immigration services, will continue to be offered at Hogar’s current site at 6201 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. ESOL Classes will be offered in Falls Church at St. James Catholic Parish and in Arlington at Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services building.

The goal of Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services is to help immigrants to become self-sufficient and productive members of American society through bilingual outreach programs, including a continuum of networking, immigration legal services, citizenship classes and English as a Second Language classes. Interested in volunteering to teach English or know someone who needs classes? Contact lwaller@ccda.net

Founded in 1947, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is a non-profit social service agency that serves twenty-one counties and seven independent cities in Virginia. Catholic Charities helps those in need regardless of their race or creed. For more information, contact Morgan McKean at mmckean@ccda.net or go to www.ccda.net

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